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Rick Down

AGE: 46.

CURRENT JOB: Orioles hitting coach.

BASEBALL EXPERIENCE: Third baseman for seven years in Montreal's minor-league system. Began his managerial career at Bellington in 1977. Managed six seasons in the minors, finishing in first place four times. Career minor-league managing record of 371-273 (.576). Managed three seasons at Triple-A Columbus, leading the Clippers to a franchise-record 95 wins in 1992. Coached at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas from 1979-84. Yankees batting instructor from 1993-95. Baltimore's hitting coach the past two years.

PERSONAL: Lives in Las Vegas in the off-season with wife Jill and children Darcey (6/17/80), Boomer (8/19/87) and Cassandra (9/18/91).

Larry Parrish

AGE: 43.

CURRENT JOB: Tigers bench coach.

BASEBALL EXPERIENCE: Two-time All-Star third baseman/outfielder with the Expos, Rangers and Red Sox during a 15-year playing career. Managed parts of four minor-league seasons with a record of 178-163. Won the New York-Penn League title at Niagara Falls in 1993 and the Southern League title at Jacksonville in 1996. Also managed at Triple-A Toledo in 1994. Tigers roving minor-league hitting instructor and was named bench coach this season.

PERSONAL: Born in Winter Haven and grew up in Haines City. Lives in Haines City with wife Jenny and children Jessica (2/15/81), Joshua (6/4/84) and Amanda (12/11/88).

Jerry Manuel

AGE: 43.

CURRENT JOB: Marlins bench coach.

BASEBALL EXPERIENCE: Middle infielder who was a first-round draft choice of the Tigers in 1972, he played in parts of five major-league seasons with the Tigers, Expos and Padres. Managed two seasons in the minor leagues with a record of 112-82. White Sox scout in 1985. Minor-league field coordinator for Montreal in 1988-89. Expos third-base coach for six years. Joined the Marlins as bench coach this season.

PERSONAL: Born in Hahira, Ga., lives in Loxahachee. He and wife Renette have four children, Angela Joy Manuel White (5/10/75), Jerry Lorenzo (10/5/77), Anthony David (8/17/82) and Natalie Marie (12/23/85).

Larry Rothschild

AGE: 43.

CURRENT JOB: Marlins pitching coach.

BASEBALL EXPERIENCE: Played for 10 minor-league teams in an 11-year career, reaching the majors briefly in 1981-82 with Detroit. A roving pitching instructor for the Reds from 1986-89. Joined the Reds as bullpen coach in 1990 and was promoted to pitching coach in 1992. Braves minor-league pitching instructor in 1994. Hired as Marlins pitching coach before the 1995 season.

PERSONAL: Born in Chicago, he graduated from Florida State in 1995. Lives in New York with his wife Jane and daughters Charlotte (5/13/94) and Claire (12/29/95).

Ted Simmons

AGE: 48.

CURRENT JOB: Indians special-assignment scout.

BASEBALL EXPERIENCE: Five-time All-Star catcher with the Braves and Brewers during a 21-year playing career. Holds the NL record for home runs by a switch-hitter with 182. Director of player development for the Cardinals from 1988-92. General manager of the Pirates from 1992-93, but resigned after a heart attack. Special-assignment scout for the Indians from 1993-97.

PERSONAL: Offered several Big Ten football scholarships as a fullback. Played baseball at the University of Michigan. Wife's name is Maryanne. Has two adult sons, Jon and Matt.

_ JOHN ROMANO

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